June 04, 2011

Ilyas Kashmiri ‘killed’ in US drone attack: report(Bumped: CONFIRMED DEAD!!!) (Sticky)

As yet unconfirmed...but its breaking on all the news sites. ...major news IF CONFIRMED.

PESHAWAR: According to a BBCUrdu report, Ilyas Kashmiri, a Pakistani terrorist leader with ties to al Qaeda, was among those killed in the latest drone strikes in South Waziristan.

The report quoted locals as saying that Kashmiri was killed in the strike that killed at least nine militants.

Kashmiri was the chief of the Harkatul Jihad al-Islami (HJI), an organisation affiliated with al Qaeda.

He is widely believed to have masterminded the attack on the PNS Mehran naval base in Karachi.

A government official in Peshawar told BBCUrdu that although he had been receiving information regarding the death of Kashmiri in the drone strike, he could not confirm the information.

Moreover, an official in South Waziristan told BBCUrdu that a US drone attack targeted a group of armed militants 20 kilometres from Wana bazaar.

The official said the attack killed nine people and injured three others.

Moreover, the official said that those killed in the attack were believed to be militants from Punjab.

Locals and witnesses told BBCUrdu that Kashmiri had also died in the drone attack.

Witnesses said Kashmiri had arrived in South Waziristan from the Khyber tribal region.

UPDATE(Matt Damon): BIG HIT that has been CONFIRMED....Kashmiri is dead!!

Killed while taking tea in an apple orchard..

Locals and witnesses told the BBC Urdu Service that the militants had only recently moved into the area around Laman village, south-east of Wana, the main town in South Waziristan.

Kashmiri and his men were said to be taking tea in an apple orchard when the attack occurred.

Locals say two rounds of two missiles each were fired within a space of a few seconds.

Update(Matt Damon): Add another Major Kill to the list of the dead...from Evan Kohlmann...
Evan Kohlmann
Flashpoint analysts in Pak have learned that the top leader of Al-Qaida in Pakistan, Ahmad Faruq, was killed in the same strike as Kashmiri.
The leadership just took a huge hit..

Update by Howie: And we shall have peace!

By Matt Damon at 11:15 PM | Comments |